Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (17 Reviews)
May 27th, 2013 | 21 replies | 3,249 views


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A slightly different monster that bites just as hard as their previous efforts.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

One does not simply replace Layne Staley. Then again, Black Gives Way to Blue was a shockingly good album. William DuVall laid down the gauntlet on "Last of My Kind" and it was a jaw-dropping stunt. The incomparable sound and the fresh dynamic worked so magnificently it hit everybody when they least expected.

The new album hesitates slightly less than its predecessor to crush your brain as hard as it can. Hollow and Stone are AIC in their pure sludgy and doom form, both musically and lyrically. Add that to the almost drone-like Pretty Done, and you have a brutal start to something big. It’s not hard to feel overwhelmed by how heavily distorted Cantrell’s riffs are as opposed to the slower introduction we experienced with "All Secrets Known".

The overall pace of the record is mildly calm and sometimes even uplifting. It leaves room for slow-burners like Lab Monkey, a personal favorite reminding me of the Dirt-era Alice in Chains. The fuzzy and talk-box solo rips through the melodic riffs as DuVall’s vocals blend in with Cantrell’s insanely well. “Sundown brings a welcome change” in Breath on a Window, a slightly happier and bluesy track, only to be crushed by the doom metal juggernaut in the form of Phantom Limb, when DuVall finally lets loose.

There’s an equal balance of sludge, reminiscent of their self-titled record, and the acoustic and absolutely fresh "Jar of Flies". The band’s double layered vocals, the ping-pong between Cantrell and DuVall and the latter’s harmonies with the former’s lead vocals sound as dark and gritty as ever. Voices, Scalpel and Hung on a Hook take Alice on a new path that shows intentions of successful experimentation adding to the record’s already rich dynamic.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is a logical step for Alice in Chains who are attempting to build a post-Layne legacy. The good news is that they are pulling it off little by little. However, Layne is replaced here by Cantrell rather than DuVall. After hearing so little of him on the previous album, I expected a stronger presence on this occassion. The album won't stand the test of time like "Dirt" or "Facelift", but it's a more than fitting addition to their impressive catalogue. It's a slightly different monster that bites just as hard as their previous efforts.

Must hear: Lab Monkey, Voices, Hung on a Hook, Phantom Limb



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FCY
May 27th 2013



205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Available in the UK since May 24th:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Devil-Put-Dinosaurs-Here/dp/B00BQ1D7X4/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1

YoYoMancuso
May 27th 2013



10889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I like this review a lot. Concise and really informative.

Gwyn.
May 27th 2013



14913 Comments


Noice reeveuw

I'll go check this out now

Digging: Grief - Come to Grief

FCY
May 27th 2013



205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty Done, Lab Monkey and Phantom Limb rule so hard it's incredible.

ColonelWang
May 27th 2013



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all about Stone, DPDH, Limb, and Pretty Done; simply amazing. I wish they gave DuVall a share of leads though.

Dreamflight
May 27th 2013



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Phantom Limb is a monster.

FCY
May 27th 2013



205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks everybody. Sooo good to hear the return of the talkbox solo in LM.

NonApplicable
May 27th 2013



1930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm glad you guys love this album, but I still can't shake off my initial disappointment.

TooManyFriends
May 27th 2013



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree this album needs more William DuVall. The man has extreme pipes but is never really given a chance to show everything he's got to offer

dsroka005
May 27th 2013



1526 Comments


gotta give this time to grow on me i think

wacknizzle
May 27th 2013



12639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard the whole album yet but the songs I've heard all ruled.

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FearThyEvil
May 28th 2013



12286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good review that wasn't long and got straight to the point. I think Duvall gave a really good performance on this album. Great album!

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2013



9724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I fucking hate the fact that I'm disappointed in this album. This is my favorite rock band of all time, and this is the first album of theirs that isn't a 4 or up for me :/ Something just feels... average, I guess, about this album. I mean, it's good, but the middle of the record really loses its way in my opinion

Krsm
May 28th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no layne no chains

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013



20655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope

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Dreamflight
May 28th 2013



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dam Necrotica, hope you'll change your opinion with further listenings bro.

Gmork89
May 28th 2013



5485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"no layne no chains"

HAHA

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sjp55555
May 28th 2013



85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Def a grower.

FearThyEvil
May 28th 2013



12286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no layne no chains

GTFO

TrephineArtist
May 30th 2013



181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, well written.





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